When suffering from reduced saliva secretion for a sustained amount of time, chances are you will be prone to suffering from severe instances of Dry mouth or Xerostomia. Adequate amount of saliva secretion helps in chewing and swallowing food. Dry mouth can usher in instances of poor nutrition causing significant problems when swallowing and digesting food. If not treated timely, dry mouth can result in future complications like fungal infection in the mouth, mouth sores, cracked lips and gingivitis.
Dry mouth causes generally vary from person to person. In some cases, dry mouth can occur due to side effects of medications prescribed to treat asthma, nausea, diarrhea, obesity and depression. In some instances, dry mouth is caused due to excessive breathing through your mouth instead of the nose. Pregnant women are more prone to conditions of dry mouth owing to acute dehydration.
The dry mouth treatments are implemented after diagnosing the causes of dry mouth. In mild cases, the doctors recommend drinking a lot of water to retain the lost moisture in your mouth.
If dry mouth occurs due to side-effects of certain medications, it is recommended to consult a general physician and change your regulated dosages if any.